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06 June 2008, 13:45

EU Commission gives Nokia the green light to acquire Trolltech

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Finnish mobile phone vendor Nokia has received authorisation from the EU Commission for the acquisition it announced in January of Trolltech, the Norwegian development firm. A press release from Brussels says the planned merger will "not significantly impede effective competition within the European Economic Area (EEA) or a substantial part of it".

Nokia primarily develops mobile phones, whereas Trolltech provides development tools. The activities of the two companies are considered not to overlap horizontally, although "they are vertically related, as Trolltech's products can be used in the development of software for mobile handsets". The market presence of Trolltech products is however "limited".

Trolltech develops the Qt cross-platform C++ framework that underlies the KDE Unix/Linux desktop, as well as Qtopia, the Linux application platform for mobile equipment. The Commission says Nokia's competitors can resort to alternatives if Nokia doesn't want to supply them with Trolltech products. The Commission lists Purple Labs, MIZI Research, Access Linux Platform, Azingo Mobile and the GNOME Mobile and LiMO platforms as "among the realistic alternatives".


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